Colin Braun has reached a indicate in his sports automobile career where contrast and presumably racing an Indy automobile has spin a poignant goal.
Considered by many as one of a many gifted and finish sports automobile drivers in a country, some of his contemporaries cite to concentration only on careers spent with roofs over their heads. And while it would be easy to suppose Braun devoting another decade or dual in sports cars before retiring, he wants to wandering from a protected and predicted lane.
Fresh off a career-best expostulate from a behind of IMSA’s Prototype category to constraint altogether feat on a daunting Canadian Tire Motorsports Park circuit (pictured above), a Texan sees IndyCar as a healthy opening to request a speed and believe he’s gained given fasten a pro ranks as a teen in 2005.
“I only wish people to know I’m a competition automobile motorist who’s meddlesome in racing anything and all and would adore to chuck my name in a ring with IndyCar,” Braun told RACER during a mangle from contrast a CORE autosport ORECA 07 LMP2 he shares with group owners Jon Bennett.
“I consider a lot of people trust I’m married to sports cars and don’t wish to enhance my horizons, so we figured it’s time to contend it out shrill about wanting to be in an Indy car. we would adore to arrange a exam given we consider it would be a good fit for me, and hopefully for a group that was looking for some new submit on a car.”
Now 29, a same age as Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie prodigy Robert Wickens, Braun’s spin a monument among highway racing stars.
As a Ford bureau motorist with Roush Fenway Racing, he amassed some-more than 80 starts in NASCAR’s Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series championships, that enclosed a Truck win on a Michigan oval in 2009. Braun also owns a span of IMSA Prototype Challenge championships with Bennett and CORE, antecedent wins in a former ALMS and Grand-Am sports automobile series, has raced during a 24 Hours of Le Mans and also set a closed-course path record of 222.9mph on a Daytona superspeedway in a Ford Ecoboost DP with Michael Shank Racing.
Fourteen seasons in, Braun’s low highway racing roots and oval imagination could benefaction an engaging brew for IndyCar group owners to sample.
“CORE’s my home and has been for utterly some time, so I’m not wanting to make any changes there,” Braun continued. “I also demeanour during what Robert Wickens has finished by bringing in a ton of believe from other forms of racing, and we know that we could move a lot of a same things. The component of speed is apparently required, though also a believe with array stops, prolonged races, handling fuel and tires, and a fact that I’ve finished a lot of NASCAR oval racing, is flattering unique.”
Along with 2003 Champ Car pretension leader Paul Tracy who has championed Braun as an IndyCar-level talent, Morgan Brady, Braun’s group manager during CORE, is also fixed believer and would acquire saying a son of eminent competition operative Jeff Braun locate a eye of an IndyCar team.
“I’m unequivocally blissful that Colin’s removing a courtesy for his many new drives, though in reality, he’s been doing this turn of pushing for us a final 5 years in high- and low-downforce prototypes, GT cars, and some Global Rallycross,” Brady said.
“We perspective Colin as a authorization actor — he’s a Derek Jeter and we don’t wish to remove him, though IndyCar would be crazy to not give him a demeanour and we unequivocally support that. He’s a finish package and a technical knowledge, with flourishing adult with a father who engineered in IndyCar and NASCAR and sports cars, a technical side was baked in given birth.”
Having raced opposite IndyCar’s chosen any year during a Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve hours of Sebring, Braun likes a thought of fasten them on their territory to see how he compares in a new discipline.
“I raced opposite Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti when we were kids in karting, and adore it when a tip IndyCar guys come competition with us,” he said. “I demeanour during all a drivers who come in and contest in a prolonged continuation races, and know we compare adult flattering well. If we could get a shot to do some contrast and maybe on off weekends, do some IndyCar races, I’d be a luckiest guy.”